SOMA Unveils New PULSAR-23 Drum Machine Prototype

A drum machine "as patchable as possible and to have control points everywhere it made sense."

Vlad Kreimer has given us a first look at the progress of his latest mad experiment.

The Pulsar-23 is the latest drum machine from Kreimer’s Russian/Polish company Soma, maker of the popular LYRA line of synths.

The Pulsar-23 was born of Kreimer’s vision to make a drum machine “as patchable as much as possible and to have control points everywhere it made sense.”

As presented, the PULSAR-23 has a really distinct sound. The only thing I can really compare it to is heavily processed sounds from early ’90s industrial bands. An earlier, slightly longer lab prototype video:

Here are the specs according to SOMA:

  • 4 drum channels: Bass drum, Bass/Percussion, Snare drum, Cymbals/Hi-Hat
  • 4 envelope generators with the unique ability to generate a sustain for the drum channels, turning them into noise\drone synthesizers.
  • 4 independent loop recorders with the option for individual clocking. They record triggering events, not audio.
  • Clock generator with an array of dividers as a very powerful tool for rhythm synthesis.
  • Wide range LFO (0.1 – 5000Hz) with variable waveform.
  • Shaos – a unique pseudo-random generator based on shift registers with 4 independent outputs, sample and hold and other cool features.
  • FX processor with CV control incl. CV control of the entire DSP’s sample rate.
  • 2 CV-controlled gates.
  • 2 CV-controlled VCAs.
  • 2 controllable inverters.